Build a Clinic in Kikomolela Village,Tanzania

by African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC)

We said it and you did it! In our March update we said we needed to raise at least $7,000 to begin the first construction phase of this clinic project, and three months later we've raised three times this amount! Thank you!!! A special thank you to all of you who gave through the LivingSocial Middle East fundraising challenge. Participating members competed to raise the most funds for this project (the top fundraiser had his/her trip paid for) and are currently summitting Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro. We know they are feeling quite proud that they not only took on an incredible physical challenge with the climb, but that they also were able to bring a small village in Tanzania its first health clinic. 

So what happens next? The construction of the clinic will begin this summer and within months we anticipate the nearly 2,500 people who call Kikomolela home will have access to basic healthcare services right in their own community and will no longer need to walk the 6 or 7 kilometers to neighboring clinics. We are so excited for what this will soon mean - immediate treatment for malaria, cholera, TB, measles, and other treatable diseases; assistance with deliveries and postnatal care for expectant mothers; and HIV education and prevention. To put it quite simply, people will be healthier and lives will be saved. 

We are excited to let you know that this Wednesday, June 13 is GlobalGiving Bonus Day and all donations to this project will be MATCHED at 50%!* Will you help us raise the last $4,000 we need to reach our project goal? Your additional gift of $10 will become $15 and your $50 gift will become $75. Forward this email, post the report on your Facebook page, tweet about it on Twitter - tell  friends why you chose to support this project and ask them to make a gift too. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we all do our small part. 

On behalf of all of us at ARC and Kikomolela Village, THANK YOU! We look forward to sharing photos and stories of the clinic construction in our next project update. 

*Donations will be matched between 12:01am EDT and 11:59pm EDT on June 13th, up to $1,000 per donor. 

First off, a big thank you to all of you for believing in the need to bring healthcare to even the most remote areas of the world. Your generous donations are helping us get that much closer to building Kikomolela its first health clinic.

We are excited to announce that we partnered with LivingSocial in early February to fundraise for this project! This June, LivingSocial Middle East members will summit Mount Kilimanjaro and in their lead up to the climb, they will be raising funds to support the construction of this clinic. A special fundraising event will be hosted by LivingSocial Middle East at the end of May where the company will announce the two biggest fundraisers for the LivingSocial Kilimanjaro climb and help raise even more funds for the project. You can read the full press release here.

As we reported in our last update, we need to raise nearly $7,000 to begin the first phase of the project, which entails constructing the substructure and framing. We are hopeful that the continued generosity of donors like you combined with the LivingSocial fundraiser will allow us to begin construction by early summer.

And if you live in or near NYC, we would love for you to join us at our 21st annual Artists for Africa benefit this April 11th where you can learn even more about our mission to support grassroots community development and conservation projects in Tanzania. More details about this special event can be found here


3D View of Clinic
3D View of Clinic

We were so excited to launch this clinic project this past summer and even more excited to visit the Kikomolela community this past fall and learn how invested they are in making this project a reality. Can you imagine what it must feel like to finally be told that there is a community of donors out there mobilizing to help you construct your village's first health clinic? Amazing! Thank you for so generously donating to this project and helping to get it off the ground. 

Attached, you will find a couple schematics of the clinic to help you visualize what it will look like when all is said and done. We have also uploaded a detailed project budget to our project page on GlobalGiving in order to give you a better idea of the costs that go into constructing a health clinic in Tanzania. We need to raise an initial $6,800 to begin the first phase of the project, which entails constructing the substructure and framing. 

And in case you are wondering who is leading this project on the ground, we have profiled TFCG Field Officer Raymond Nlelwa on our blog, including a video introduction from him. Please find links below. We think you'll be as impressed with Raymond as we are. This project couldn't be in better hands!

Please consider helping us spread the word about this project during the holiday season. GlobalGiving makes it super easy to make a donation in honor of a friend or loved one and will send the gift recipient a customized email, print-at-home, or physical tribute card – your choice!

From all of us at ARC, warmest wishes this holiday season. We look forward to being in touch in early 2012 with another project update. 

Floor Plan of Clinic
Floor Plan of Clinic


Bibie, Kikomolela Village
Bibie, Kikomolela Village

Thank you for your support and for being one of the first to donate to this project since it launched this summer! I have just returned from two weeks in Tanzania where I had the opportunity to visit the village of Kikomolela and meet with community members. This village is over a ten-hour drive from Dar es Salaam and if you go just a bit further down the road you’ll find yourself in neighboring Mozambique. A landscape thick with coconut palms, there is no electricity or running water and the nearby forest provides an abundance of resources to the local community – fuel wood, traditional medicines, wild fruits and meat, and water sources to name a few. As in all the communities where ARC works, we are constantly striving to balance forest conservation with local development needs.

Needless to say, community members are excited about building their own clinic and showed me the parcel of land they have set aside for its construction. They are eager to get going (community members are providing project labor in-kind) and I let them know that we are all working hard here to raise the required funds. 

One woman named Bibie told me that she likes that Kikomolela has a primary school (she has two children who attend it), but is frustrated that there is no health clinic. When her children are sick her only option is to walk with them six or seven kilometers to a neighboring village to use their health services, but this isn’t always an option if her children are very sick. Later on I spoke with Jamaal who told me that the thing he likes most about his village is that the road has been improved in recent years, but that he is frustrated that there is still no health facility to help in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases like malaria.  It is great that we are coming together and helping Bibie, Jamaal, and the rest of Kikomolela build the health clinic they so urgently need.

If you would like to read more about my trip you can check out these blog posts that were written in the field:

On the Road: South Ngurus and Udzwunga Scarp and On the Road: Kikomolela and Likwaya 

And make sure to also check out the pictures we’ve included with this report!

A reminder that Wednesday, October 19th is GlobalGiving Bonus Day! All donations will be matched at 30 percent. This is the perfect opportunity to let your friends and networks know about your support of this project and encourage them to make a donation. As always, thank you for your support!

Jamaal, Kikomolela Village
Jamaal, Kikomolela Village
Kikomolela Village
Kikomolela Village
Land where clinic will be built
Land where clinic will be built



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African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC)

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Kate McLetchie
Executive Director
New York, NY United States

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